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The Scoop: Jonathan Olson to bring seasonal slant to menu at Soulard’s Market Grill

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

062111_olsonChef Jonathan Olson has been hired as the executive chef at Market Grill in Soulard. Olson, who served as exec chef at Erato on Main in Edwardsville, Ill., from January to August of last year, and most recently had a short run helming the kitchen at The Terrace View downtown, assumed the position at Market Grill two weeks ago. He was brought on board to redesign the lunch, dinner and brunch menus at the restaurant, located at 728 Lafayette Ave., across the street from Soulard Farmers’ Market.

Fresh, seasonal fare will be the focus of Market Grill’s re-concepted “modern American” menu, according to Olson. “We’ll use as much local [ingredients] as possible and cook with the seasons,” he said, adding that numerous items will be prepared in-house, including breads (brioche and flatbreads, to begin) and pastas.

To pave the way for these changes, Market Grill will close on Monday, September 5 and reopen on Friday, September 9.

The Scoop: Blood & Sand project taking shape with chef Chris Bork, Caravelli to replace Bork at Mud House

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

052011_tjBlood & Sand, the members-only bar and restaurant venture by area bartenders TJ Vytlacil (pictured) and Adam Frager, is beginning to take shape. The target opening date for the downtown venue, according to Frager, is the first week of September. “They are doing demo right now. That should be finished by Thursday and our general contractor, Mark Robinson, who did Taste and Brasserie, will start renovation on Friday,” said Frager, noting a design feature in the space at 1500 St. Charles St., that he and Vytlacil are excited about. “There will be four columns of vertical green wall behind the bar. The concept allows us to change plants when we want to, to change for seasonality.” (Read more on the unique concept behind Blood & Sand here.)

As first reported by Evan Benn of the Post-Dispatch, Chris Bork was recently hired as Blood & Sand’s executive chef. Bork has worked at Wild Flower and Revival, and he opened The Terrace View prior to heading up the kitchen at The Mud House coffee shop on Cherokee Street.

Frager stated that Bork will likely come aboard some time in early August, which is also when Frager and Vytlacil expect to leave their places of employment, Pi in the Central West End and Demun Oyster Bar, respectively. George Mahe reported last night that chef Steven Caravelli will be Bork’s replacement at The Mud House. That’s in addition to Caravelli’s new role at Entre Events, which we told you about yesterday.

— Photo by Brian Fagnani

The Scoop: Chef changes at The Terrace View

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

062111_olsonJonathan Olson is no longer running the kitchen at Jim Fiala’s The Terrace View. As reported by Riverfront Times’ Ian Froeb, Olson and Fiala parted ways last week.

Olson, profiled as one of our Ones To Watch back in 2009, had worked at The Terrace View for the last few months. Prior to that, he served as executive chef at Erato on Main in Edwardsville, Ill., from January until August of last year.

As for future plans, Olson told The Scoop that he is unsure of his next step but that he’s actively looking for a new kitchen stint. “I took seven months off last time,” he said, referring to the period between leaving Erato on Main and assuming the top job at The Terrace View. “I won’t do that this time.”

Taking the reins at The Terrace View is Mason Denton, who formerly cooked at Pomme Café and Wine Bar in Clayton. “He’s very fired up,” said Fiala. “Everybody supports him in the kitchen and wants to work for him and really is excited about his attitude and his vision for where we want to go. And he has a good rapport with the front of the house,” added Fiala, noting that he is excited for happenings at both the back and front of his downtown restaurant. Not only is this Denton’s first job as an exec chef, it’s also the first opportunity for Jeff Handlan, who recently became manager of The Terrace View, to run a restaurant.

— Photo by Brian Fagnani

Fiala’s chefs battle it out in the St. Louis Chef Wars

Monday, October 18th, 2010

101810_battleJim Fiala is the owner of four restaurants around town: Liluma in the Central West End, The Crossing in Clayton, Acero in Maplewood and The Terrace View downtown. But he’s also a chef. And you may not know it yet but those who wear the white coats at each of his acclaimed restaurants will soon battle one another for the grand daddy of cooking competitions: Taking on the boss.

The St. Louis Chef Wars start out Nov. 8 at The Terrace View with the restaurant’s chef, Brad Watts, taking on The Crossing’s Ian Vest in a six-course Bottleshock Smackdown. Watts will be putting his California cuisine up against Vest’s French fare in a six-course meal that will include wines from both France and California, including Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, which was featured in the 2008 movie, Bottleshock. A $100 ticket will buy you dinner, wine and the right to vote on the winner.

The chefs from Fiala’s other two spots around town, Adam Gnau of Acero and Nick Cox of The Terrace View, will battle it out in December, followed by the winners’ battle in January and the grand competition against Fiala in February.

Now, as the Iron Chef chairman would say, let the games begin! To make reservations, call 314.436.8855.

Tasty deals at all four Fiala restaurants

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

040710_eggIf you’re a Jim Fiala devotee – that is, you make The Crossing, Liluma, Acero and The Terrace View part of your dining circuit – you’re going to love the deal that the chef-restaurateur is offering throughout the month of April at all four of his restaurants: a four-course dinner for $25. While the menu will vary at each eatery, the offer includes a soup or salad, an appetizer, an entrée, and a dessert and is available evenings, Monday through Saturday.

The occasion for this buck-saving, fine-dining experience? Fiala is celebrating the 12th anniversary of The Crossing in Clayton, the third anniversary of Acero in Maplewood and the first spring at The Terrace View perched in Citygarden downtown. We can’t think of a tastier, more affordable way to observe these merry milestones.

– Ligaya Figueras

Photo by Carmen Troesser

Terrace View to add Sunday brunch

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

010710_terraceviewThe Terrace View will start serving Sunday brunch this weekend from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Its menu will include not only lunch items from the Citygarden restaurant (its burger, for example, and porchetta sandwich), but also breakfast fare like spicy eggs Benedict, steak and eggs, and biscuits and gravy made with duck sausage. The Terrace View will also offer a Bloody Mary bar. To learn more or to make a brunch reservation, call 314.436.8855.

The Scoop: One closes, another opens

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Sad news today from Midtown: Eddie Neill has shuttered his Wm. Shakespeare’s Gastropub.

But good news from downtown: Jim Fiala’s The Terrace View, housed in the popular new Citygarden, opened for lunch today; dinner hours begin on Wednesday.

The Scoop: Fiala comes downtown

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Jim Fiala will debut his fourth area restaurant early next month as part of Gateway Foundation’s new Citygarden sculpture park at Eighth and Chestnut streets. Dubbed The Terrace View, the restaurant will feature Mediterranean cuisine.

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